In the vaults beneath Bremen Cathedral you can see mummies from many centuries ago and learn about their stories.
It was during the installation of the Schnitger organ in the cathedral in 1698 that several mummies were discovered by accident in the east crypt. The discovery caused a sensation at the time, and since then visitors have been coming to the cathedral to investigate the secret of the mummies.
We now know that it was the natural drying out process that mummified the corpses, and that the 'roofer', who was said to have fallen from the cathedral roof during its construction, was in fact a soldier who had been shot in the back.
These and other tales about the mummies are revealed in the lead cellar crypt beneath the cathedral. You will also discover why there's a mummified child's hand from Bremen in Goethe's House in Weimar.
Ingrid on the trail of mummies:
The cathedral and its lead cellar
Apr, May, Oct:
Closed: 1 May, 3 October, 24-25, 31 December
children (aged 12 and under) €1.00
from 10 persons €1.00 per person